Tuesday, November 29, 2011

'Whooping cough vaccine wears off', Australia - 29th Nov 2011

A WHOOPING cough outbreak on the North Coast has led to a renewed call for vaccinations from health authorities.Link

The director of public health for the northern NSW and Mid North Coast local health districts, Paul Corben, said a 50% rise in reported cases between Tweed Heads and Port Macquarie this year has concerned health workers.

"We do sometimes see periodic surges on the number of cases as the protection you get from either having the vaccination or the disease wears off over time," he said.

Mr Corben said the health department recommended immunising babies at six weeks of age, then again at four months and six months, with a booster shot at four years of age.

"We also offer free booster shots to Year 7 and Year 10 students at high school," he said. Read More